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"Cut Off Their Heads, Or I'LL Cut Off Yours": Castilian Strategy And Tactics In The War Of The Two Pedros And The Supporting Evidence From Murcia

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This chapter provides a brief account of the War of the Two Pedros, introduces the principal antagonists and explores the offensive strategy employed by the conflict?s perennial aggressor, Castile. It outlines the source problem involved in studying the war and considers how surviving documentation from the city of Murcia somewhat alleviates that problem. The chapter looks at how the War of the Two Pedros influenced and, in turn, was influenced by the Hundred Years War of which it became, for all practical purposes, an extension. The two Pedros from whom the conflict takes its name were the contemporary monarchs of Castile and Aragon, each in his own right a remarkable figure. Pedro?s ten-year conflict with Aragon ostensibly grew out of his anger at a relatively minor incident, an act of piracy on the part of an Aragonese nobleman named Francés de Parellós.

Keywords: Aragon; Castile; Hundred Years War; Murcia; two Pedros



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